Originally Posted by Valleygolfer
One plane crash out thousands of flights does not get the chance to be investigated? Don't you think we already do a ton of checks and balances? So we find that it is human error? Can we control that? If this was the third time this had happened, I would say lets get to the bottom of this but we already are hurting financially and if we join the effort .... I just don't see the point except to appease human sentiment.
There aren't thousands of crashes. The 777 has been flying for 20 years and only 4 have been wrecked.
From wikipedia's article on the 777:
The type's first hull-loss occurred on January 17, 2008, when British Airways Flight 38, a 777-200ER with Rolls-Royce Trent 895 engines flying from Beijing to London, crash-landed approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) short of Heathrow Airport's runway 27L and slid onto the runway's threshold. There were 47 injuries and no fatalities. The impact damaged the landing gear, wing roots and engines. The aircraft was written off. Upon investigation, the accident was blamed on ice crystals from the fuel system clogging the fuel-oil heat exchanger (FOHE). In 2009, air accident investigators called for a redesign of this component on the Trent 800 series engine. Redesigned fuel oil heat exchangers were installed in British Airways' 777s by October 2009.
Two other minor momentary losses of thrust with Trent 895 engines occurred in February and November 2008. TheNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators concluded that, just as on BA38, the loss of power was caused by ice in the fuel clogging the fuel-oil heat exchanger. As a result, the heat exchanger was redesigned.
So each time they've found a problem and prevented it from happening again. There is definitely value in that.
So you've got (1) the emotional value for the families; (2) preventing future loss; (3) the possibility of finding criminals involved in a nefarious plot associated with this; and (4) the value of feeling safe when you fly because of the insane thoroughness of the safety regulations. I'm not saying that no cost is too great, but there is a lot of value in finding the wreckage.
#4 there is pretty big IMO. The odds of surviving a plane crash are slim. People fly because crashes are so rare. Because its safer to fly than take any other form of transportation. The industry, and all industries that rely on the industry, need to protect that. There's a big value in that.
And yes, I did a complete 180 on this.